In 2016, the Elbe Festival to celebrate the existence of Hamburg’s Sandtorhafen took place for the first time. How quickly time flies!
There I met the crew members, who proudly told me about the new construction of their Ewers. (Uns Ewer) Typical for the ship type of the Ewers is a so-called flat bottom, exactly right to transport vegetables in the river deltas of the Elbe. This was and is cultivated in the Vierlanden, just outside Hamburg. Only today it is transported by truck and then by motorway.
The members presented themselves in historical clothes and so I came to pictures of the market woman.
Market Woman, Gouache, 18×18cm, 2020, Astrid Volquardsen
The paper I use (Toned Tan by Strahmore) works best the less I paint on it: That means: put shapes in gouache, leave them alone. If I use fewer brushstrokes, the better the painting will be. Richard Schmidt once said so beautifully: Don’t fiddle around.
What was just meant to be a trial and error now turns out to be my new artistic direction.